Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #2
The Turtles’ journey through time continues, and the next stop is Feudal Japan! The Turtles will meet some familiar faces and be forced to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Will stopping the Shredder mean the end of the Turtles as we know them?
The Turtles continue their trip through time this month in the pages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time #2. The story is written by Erik Burnham with art from Charles Paul Wilson III. Jeremy Mohler handles colors with Shawn Lee rounding things out with letters.
The Turtles narrowly escaped the prehistoric age and an interesting run-in with some of Krang’s compatriots, but now the fearsome foursome find themselves in feudal Japan. In need of a disguise, the Turtles help themselves to the armor of some bathing samurai. Not too long after that they run into an interesting man who is under attack from a very deadly clan. The Turtles quickly discover that their trip to the past has some monumental connections to their own history. Can the Turtles navigate this time period without causing irreversible damage to their own, personal timeline? What makes that man on the road so special to the Turtles to begin with?
Burnham writes a story with a lot of shocking twists and turns. While the first issue of Turtles in Time got things off to a nice, fun start, this issue gets into some real meaty issues that could have some long-lasting implications for the Turtles. This is an emotional and action-packed story that only gets better due to the setting of feudal Japan. It’s a natural setting for the TMNT, and it unsurprisingly makes for a great story. Wilson III’s art is a good fit for the setting as well. Things are a little scratchy, but the action and samurai armored Turtles looks fantastic and just plain thrilling. The artist does have the Turtles showing off their teeth a lot, which looks odd in a few panels, but the character work and Japanese painting vibe more than makes up for it. Mohler’s colors help play up the Japanese scroll-like vibe by offering up pages that look slightly yellowed. It even feels like these pages have been rolled up at one point like an ancient scroll.
Bottom Line: Turtles In Time knocks it out of the park this month. After a good enough first issue, Burnham and company take it up several notches and gives us a story that hits the Turtles in a very personal place. The ending has a bittersweet touch as well. 4.5/5
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